It’s time for a Fashion Revolution We love fashion. We love how clothes can make us feel, and how they can represent how we feel about ourselves. They’re our message to the world about who we are. Our clothes say a lot about us, but we don’t know all that much about our clothes. It takes a lot to make a garment. Not just the bits we hear about – the designers, the brands, the shops, the catwalk shows and the parties – but also the cotton farmers, the ginners, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and other factory workers who make the clothes we love. But the people who make our clothes are hidden. And if we don’t know know who makes our clothes, we can’t be sure that they were made in a fair, clean and safe way. That’s why we’re asking brands #whomademyclothes. We want to know that the clothes we buy don’t come at the cost of people or the planet. Right now, manufacturing clothes uses up massive amounts of water, energy and land. And sadly, so much of our clothing ends up in landfill. In fact, in the USA, about 11 million tonnes of it ends up in landfil. And about 95% of that could have been recycled or upcycled. We need to find new ways to make the clothes we love, without it costing the earth. The average British woman hoards £285 of clothes they will never wear, the equivalent of 22 outfits each that are left hanging in valuable wardrobe space, or, £30 billion of unworn clothes. That’s a lot of unloved clothing.
it takes 2720 litres of water to make a T shirt: that’s how much we normally drink over a 3 year period. 80billion £30 billion It is estimated that 80 billion items of clothing are delivered out of factories annually worldwide It takes 200 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans, the equivalent of 285 showers The average American throws away about £72 of clothing, shoes and other household textiles each year x285 Clothes discarded in one year in the UK would fill Wembley Stadium 95% of discarded clothing can be recycled or upcycled x6000 £285 The average British woman hoards £285 of clothes they will never wear, the equivalent of 22 outfits each that are left hanging in valuable wardrobe space, or, £30 billion of unworn clothes 1.5 tonnes Clothing consumption produces 1.5 tonnes of CO 2 x household x year, the equivalent of driving 6000 cars